Overview

These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 78 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 85% of councils had submitted the Q4 2018-19 data. It does not contain data from Boroondara, Central Goldfields, Darebin, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Mitchell, Mount Alexander, Northern Grampians, Stonnington, West Wimmera and Yarriambiack.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to an unresolved technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during the 2018-19 financial year.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q4 2018-19

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 11,529, an increase of 11% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 11,587, an increase of 1% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $6.4 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 66% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, a increase of 4% on last quarter.
  • 384 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 12% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)


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Graphs & tables

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q4 2017-18 Applications received Q4 2018-19 % Change Applications decided Q4 2017-18 Applications decided Q4 2018-19 % Change
Victoria 13,907 11,527 -17% 13,856 11,587 -16%
Metropolitan region 10,003 8029 -20% 10,083 8066 -20%
Inner and middle urban 5767 4371 -24% 5835 4343 -26%
Outer urban 2679 2330 -13% 2739 2357 -14%
Growth areas 1557 1328 -15% 1509 1366 -9%
Rural Region 3904 3498 -10% 3773 3521 -7%
Peri-Urban 1170 1028 -12% 1112 958 -14%
Regional city LGAs 1485 1409 -5% 1379 1446 5%
Small and medium regional 1249 1061 -15% 1282 1117 -13%

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2017-18 Total dwelling permits issued Q4 2018-19 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Victoria 8510 6928 70% 1052 1624 9385 9951
Metropolitan region 6457 5048 74% 518 1453 7947 6809
Inner and middle urban 3975 2866 77% 127 811 5438 3701
Outer urban 1758 1507 77% 237 425 1562 1947
Growth areas 724 675 58% 154 217 947 1161
Rural Region 2053 1880 60% 534 171 1438 3142
Peri-Urban 678 594 72% 209 36 409 828
Regional city LGAs 742 760 58% 155 112 824 1310
Small and medium regional 633 526 52% 170 23 205 1004

Applications received by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications received in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications received during the quarters by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.8 KB).

Permit decisions by scheme

This chart shows the number of decisions made in each of the 82 planning scheme areas and the percentage decided within the statutory timeframe. Click the image for an enlarged PDF of the chart.

Applications decided during the quarter by planning scheme

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.4 KB).


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Reports

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

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